An idea so intrinsic to reading books, particularly those you love and remember, that I had never consciously thought of it. Here, Michael Rosen describes his first encounter with a children’s classic, and it made me recall early encounters with some beloved books, and later re-encounters.
Feel free, dear reader, to send me a short account of your first sensation of reading a book you love or loved.
‘The history of books includes the history of how we each encounter them.
I can well remember a fusion between the pleasure of walking along isolated paths, or waking up early looking out of the tent door, and a memory of the sensation of reading The Children of the New Forest. Sometimes, it is a book’s ‘sensation’ that is its most powerful gift.’
Source: Michael Rosen, Foreword, The Children of the New Forest, Frederick Marryat (London: Hesperus Press, 2014 (1847)), pp. 5 & 7
Image credit: book cover of The Children of the New Forest, Capt. Frederick Marryat, illus. E. Boyd Smith (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1911)